The home side overcame a huge resistance of Mexico in the first round of the 2020 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NORCECA) Olympic Qualification Tournament. Well-filled Palace of Sports Virgilio Travieso Soto (nearly 6,000 spectators) saw a dramatic match in which the team they cheered for nearly squandered a confident 2-set lead in sets. Driven by Samantha Bricio (26 points), Mexico leveled at 2-2 but failed to bypass strong Dominican block (19 kill blocks) in key moments of the tie-break. Brayelin Martínez also delivered 26 points but for the winning side for which Jineiry Martínez and Lisvel Eve set up 7 kill blocks apiece.
The National Team of Puerto Rico staged a surprise by getting a 5-set victory over Canada. Driven by Stephanie Enright (24 points), Puerto Ricans came back from 1-2 in sets. Kiera Van Ryk scored 19 points for Canada, while Jennifer Cross made 4 kill blocks.
2020 NORCECA Women’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – Round 1
Canada – Puerto Rico 2-3 (22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 12-15)
Dominican Republic – Mexico 3-2 (25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 15-5)
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